What needle should I use? How to match your sewing needle to your project
Hey ya’ll, today we’re going to talk about choosing the right sewing machine needle. I rarely mention which specific needle I used on a project, and then sometimes I get questions about what specific needle I used, so today’s post is going to clear that up.
I even made a video about needles and which ones I use for what. You can watch it below, or on YouTube here.
In summation, for those of you who skipped the video, if I don’t mention which needle I used, it’s because it was the 80/12 universal needle I use for 90% of my sewing.
How to Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle
- Match the fabric type. Universal needles will work for many fabrics, but you might need to switch to a ballpoint/jersey or stretch needle for knits or a microtex/sharp for tightly woven knit fabrics (like ripstop nylon). And of course, special fabrics like leather require a leather needle.
- Match the fabric thickness. The bigger the numbers on the needle, the bigger the needle. 80/12 needles will work for most midweight fabrics, but go to smaller needles for thinner fabrics and bigger needles for thick fabrics.
- Match the thread. If you’re using a thicker thread, you need a larger needle. Higher numbered thread weights are thinner threads, lower numbered weights are thicker.
If you’re not sure what weight your fabric is, this post might be helpful for you to see different types of fabric ranging from light to mid to heavier weights.